Life After Death // Ep. 3 – God Throwing Rocks

 

Part 3 of 12

We’ve all seen them … the late night TV commercials with some famous celebrity asking us to give money to help a starving child. Here in America we’ve seen them so many often we don’t usually give a second thought because it’s so far away and we have our own problems here at home.  But, what happens when we see it first hand? What happens when we can’t change the channel? In this week’s episode of Life After Death, Suzette goes to see where Kwasa is living for the first time and it hits her pretty hard. Her words sum up the struggle: “until you sit here and experience it yourself it just doesn’t seem as real.” Reality is much bigger than what we see on TV.

Tina, Suzette’s sister, was on the same trip and described what it was like for her. “On one of our trips, Kwasa took us to see where he had been sleeping. I remember seeing his place for the first time. It was a shack about the size of a small closet. He had some foam on the ground for a mattress and his clothes were hanging off some bricks in the walls. It was cold, dark and damp in his little hut. I was glad to see he wasn’t living on the streets but it broke my heart to see him living in such conditions.”

While the film gets off to a fairly buoyant start, this is where things start to get real. Suzette is visibly affected by Kwasa’s living conditions, as was I. I really grew to respect Suzette’s tenacity and resolve to give love with a very boots-on-the-ground approach, in a place that has so many problems and so much pain. All I could do was tell the story that was right in front of me.

Of course, episode three is also filled with Kwasa’s humorous takes on life. For Kwasa, everyday life is our TV commercial, but he can at least have fun anyway. This is how Filmmaker Joe Callendar describes the episode: “while the film gets off to a fairly buoyant start, this is where things start to get real. Suzette is visibly affected by Kwasa’s living conditions, as was I. I really grew to respect Suzette’s tenacity and resolve to give love with a very boots-on-the-ground approach, in a place that has so many problems and so much pain. All I could do was tell the story that was right in front of me.”

 

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